In case of IO-Link TEConcept is not only offering development services but also products. The products enable our customers to develop, certify and develop IO-Link based products.

It is our goal to support our customers with a comprehesive set of professional services and tools that allows our customers to develop their IO-Link products fast, cost-effective at a high quality level.

We are active in the steering committee and various working groups of the IO-Link community and in particular in the IO-Link working group for quality and conformance testing. We are constantly identifying the need for new tools or services in order to improve our support to the IO-Link community. Recently an EMC test device and and IODD Editor have been developed. New tools are currently under development.

Firmware Update Profile

A new profile for updating the firmware of IO-Link devices is currently being specified. This profile will allow to update IO-Link devices in the field by using the standard IO-Link masters. The profile is fully compliant to the IO-Link Interface specification and does not need much more that a specific PC tool that handles the download process and communicates with the IO-Link master.The working draft of that new profile is already acessible to IO-Link members.

Device Bootloader for Firmware Update

In order to support the Firmware update a device must be equipped with a specific bootloader. On the master side, standard IO-Link masters can be used. Of course some software support that handles the update files is required.

Firmware Update Software Solutions

It is to be expected that in future many master manufacturers will provide tools that communicate with their masters to support IO-Link device firmware updates. Initially only a limited number of masters, in particular USB masters will be equipped with such a tool.

TEConcept is actively participating in this IO-Link working group and has already started to develop a "proof-of-concept" implementation of device that has the required bootloader and is also writing software tools that can interact with IO-Link masters that are equipped with the TEConcept Stack.

How to add the Firmware Update profile to your device?

After finalization of the firmware upload profile, TEConcept plans to offer firmware download bootloaders and IO-Link master solutions that support the new profile. This bootloader can be added to an existing IO-Link product. In addition to the integration of the new bootloader only a few modifications to an existing product are required to support the IO-link Firmware Update Profile.

USB based 4-Port Master

USB based 4-Port Master

Current sensors and actuators are equipped with small but powerful microprocessors that introduce advanced features like parameterization and diagnostics to these devices. However, those features are currently not visible to standardized project planning tools.

IO-LinkTM, the new bi-directional, digital, point-to-point communication standard (IEC 61131-9) now offers a standardized mapping of advanced sensor and actuator features into the automation tool environment.

The 1-Port USB Master is ideally suited for engineering purposes and small PC-based applications.

It uses the STMicroelectronics L6360 transceiver chip. A Windows-based graphical user interface is included that reads IO-Link device descriptor files and offers an easy way to connect to all kinds of IO-Link devices.

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4-Port USB Master Features:

  • Fully compliant to IO-Link V1.1.2
  • All COM-speeds supported
  • Data storage supported
  • M12 IO-Link connector
  • DIN Rail Mount
  • PC-Tool included with
    • IODD Interpreter
    • Process data visualization
    • Event visualization
    • Parameter R/W access
    • IODD menu structure support
    • IODD user role support
    • Socket interface for process data
    • 4-port support
  • Option: Windows DLL for customized  and software based access to the Master

Usage

  • Simple evaluation of devices
  • Engineering support
  • Mini "PLC" that connects IO-Link sensors and actors. 

IO-Link USB-4-Port-Master

Ein-Port Master Modul

The IO-Link One-Port Master Module provides easy access to IO-Link devices without PLC.

The IO-Link master module contains an IO-Link compliant transceiver PHY together with a controller running a fully compliant IO-Link master stack.

The IO-Link master module can communicate with external hardware by SPI and/or UART interfaces.
Simple telegrams send over these interfaces allow control of the master and provide easy access to process data and IO-Link configuration diagnostic features.

Device configuration can be done offline by an integrated USB connector via a PC running a comfortable and self explaining IO-Link control tool.

The module can be plugged onto an existing board. For develop purposes a reference mother board is available.

One-Port Master Module Features

  • Kompatibel zur V1.1 IO-Link Spezifikation
  • IO-Link transceiver mit Schutzbeschaltung integriert
  • L+ Versorgungsspannung für Device ist schaltbar
  • SPI / UART Schnittstelle einfache Steuerung des Masters
  • USB Schnittstelle für Ansteuerung des Master mit Hilfe des TEConcept PC control tools
  • Dimension: 43mm x 33 mm

Mother Board features

  • 24V power supply connector
  • DB-9 serial connector
  • Power supply for IO-Link master module
  • M12-IO-Link Master connector

Typical Applications

Seamless integration of IO-Link devices into machine control or similar systems that work without classical PLCs.

Advantages

  • Development effort and cost reduced
  • Time to Market shortened
  • Cost advantages as no IO-Link master stack is required

One-Port Master Module

Four-Port Master Module

Four-Port Master Module

The IO-Link Four-Port Master Module provides easy access to IO-Link devices without PLC.

The master module contains 4 fully tested IO-Link compliant transceiver PHYs together with a controller running a fully compliant IO-Link master stack.

The IO-Link master module can communicate with external hardware by SPI and/or UART interfaces.
Simple telegrams send over these serial interfaces allow communication with the master and provide easy access to process data and IO-Link diagnostic information of up to 4 connected devices.

Device configuration can be done offline by an integrated USB connector via a PC running a comfortable and self explaining IO-Link control tool.

The module can be plugged onto an existing board. For develop purposes a reference mother board is available.

(Optionally customization of the 4-port master application software can be offered for low cost, stand alone mini PLC systems.

Four-Port Master Module Features:

  • Fully compliant to V1.1 IO-Link interface specification
  • IO-Link V1.1 compatible stack
  • Integrated IO-Link transceiver and protection
  • L+ device power switchable
  • SPI interface for control and process data
  • UART interface for control and process data
  • USB interface for PC control
  • Dimension: 59mm x 39mm

MotherBoard features:

  • 24V power supply connector
  • DB-9 serial connector
  • Power supply for IO-Link master module
  • M12-IO-Link Master connector

Typical Applications

  • Seamless integration of IO-Link devices into machine control or similar systems that work without classical PLCs.
  • Stand-alone system that connects IO-Link devices and actors e.g. (Fillstate sensor -> Signal Tower)

Advantages

  • Development effort and cost reduced
  • Time to Market shortened
  • Cost advantages as no IO-Link master stack is required

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